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Legal news from Tuesday, July 18, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Tuesday to extend his order of martial law for the lower third of the country. Duterte declared martial law on the island of Mindanao in May when heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State took over large parts of Marawi City, a provincial capital in the …

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by Autumn Callan

A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered that six human rights activists, including Amnesty International's (AI) Turkey Director, remain in custody pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terrorist group. The activists were arrested on July 5 during a training workshop and are "suspected of 'committing crime in the name of a terrorist organization without being …

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by Rachel Gerber

A US appeals court ruled on Monday that a nondisclosure requirement in the National Security Letters (NSL) law does not conflict with the First Amendment. Therefore the court also concluded that private companies that are issued an NSL by the FBI must also follow the nondisclosure requirement if the letter contains it in that case. …

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by Lars Peterson

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusett on Monday held that a woman who was fired from her job for testing positive for medically prescribed marijuana could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination. The employee in this case was prescribed medical marijuana to combat the low appetite that she experienced due to Crohn's Disease. The court's …

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by Rachel Gerber

Opposition parties petitioned the Pakistan Supreme Court on Monday to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office after the joint investigation team's (JIT) report stipulated that there was sufficient proof that the prime minister and his family held wealth beyond their known means of income. The JIT was created in April when the Supreme Court rejected [JURIST …

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by Lars Peterson

The Russian Supreme Court on Monday upheld its ruling ordering the disbanding of the Jehovah's Witnesses. In denying an appeal by the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Supreme Court affirmed that their previous ruling will remain in place and unchanged. The prior ruling was considered the Jehovah's Witnesses to be an extremist organization because it distributed …

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